Roberto Mancini is confident Manchester City will recover from their recent slump in form, following defeat to Liverpool in the Carling Cup.

The Reds take a one goal lead back to Anfield for the second-leg of the semi-final after a Steven Gerrard penalty gave Liverpool victory at the Etihad Stadium.

The defeat represented City's second in three days, after they were dumped out of the FA Cup by Manchester United in a thrilling encounter on Sunday afternoon.

City's recent slip-ups have not been helped by the loss of key plays; with the Toure brothers both on Africa Cup of Nations duty, and David Silva struggling with injury.

Mancini concedes his side are going through a difficult patch, but believes they have the quality and the composure to recover sooner rather than later.

"This moment is very difficult, but it is important that we stay very confident," he told SkySports.

"This moment is not a good moment. We have to continue to work and continue to believe in ourselves.

"We were without three or four players, but in the second half [against Liverpool] we played well.

"We did well until three or four days ago, now we have lost two important games.

"We can win away against Liverpool. It will be difficult, but we will try. It is only one goal."

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